Retail janitors who work for contracted companies cleaning large stores like Home Depot, Sears, Kohl’s and others walked out on strike today at over 50 stores in the Twin Cities, demanding fair wages and the right to organize. Hundreds of allies stood with workers in the freezing cold for three hours. Click here for more pictures from the picket line.
Recently, Target Corporation committed to play a leadership role by implementing the industry’s first Responsible Contractor Policy. Yet, the companies that clean Target stores are not only ignoring workers’ voices, they are also ignoring Target by not respecting the new Responsible Contractor Policy. Workers still report having to work seven days a week, ongoing sub-poverty wages that take a toll on workers’ health, and no clear path to ensure workers’ voices. Since these and other large cleaning companies continue to pay poverty wages and refuse to take workers seriously, workers at four cleaning companies walked out on strike: Prestige Maintenance USA, Carlson Building Maintenace, Kimco Services and Diversified Maintenance Systems.
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- “Some MN Workeres Strike on Black Friday,” ABC News, Channel 6, Nov. 28.
- Minnesota News Round Up, Pierce County Herald, Nov. 28.
- Short YouTube video by 99 Pickets: “CTUL #blackfriday strike“
- “They toil all hours to provide holiday service,” Op-Ed by Representative Ryan Winkler in the Star Tribune, Nov. 27.
- “Unions plan Black Friday strike to kick off series of protests,” Star Tribune, Adam Belz, Nov. 26.